The fire that caused Black Gryphon to close in December is long out and the restaurant and bar plan to reopen on Friday, Sept. 22.
Owner and operator Anthony Morgan offered the restaurant’s food for sale at the Elizabethtown Fair, but the re-opening celebration that continues through Sunday, Sept. 24, is the public’s first chance to see the interior of the restaurant after a renovation costing more than $750,000.
Morgan said changes include getting rid of suspended ceiling tiles so the ceiling is now higher along with other improvements such as a new bar counter. Everything has been repainted and the restrooms have been upgraded to comply with present-day standards for accessibility to the handicapped.
Morgan said employees who worked there before the fire were eager to return, so longtime customers will often be served by the same people who served them before.
When Black Gryphon re-opens, Morgan said the bar will serve only beer made in Pennsylvania at first, including beer made by Elizabethtown’s local microbreweries. The food menu will feature some of the most popular dishes from the last 10 years, including chicken wings, 1950s Korean-based stew and Cajun seafood pasta. The bar will have a Crowler machine, a device that allows bartenders to pour draft beer into 32-ounce cans and seal them behind the bar for carry-out orders.
The restaurant at 54 Mount Gretna Road (where it meets Hershey Road), Elizabethtown, serves food from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and noon to 9 p.m. on Sundays, with the bar hours going later. It is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.